Santa Barbara Police Arrest Four Suspects on Drug and Gun Charges

Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

Within the last month, the Santa Barbara Police Department Narcotics Unit conducted an investigation involving suspected drug trafficking.   Based upon that investigation, Detectives obtained a search warrant for the involved suspects.

On May 27, 2022, around 9:30 pm, Detectives, Officers, and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Air Unit served a search warrant near the 3700 block of State Street. Narcotics Detectives identified two vehicles as being involved in this criminal activity.  Law enforcement officers conducted a traffic stop on both involved vehicles and detained several suspects.

When Officers conducted a traffic stop on one of the vehicles, they contacted the driver, Viviana Martinez-Perez and passenger, Rachel Delgado-Garcia. Officers immediately noticed a semi-automatic pistol in plain view and easily accessible to Martinez-Perez. The occupants were removed from the vehicle and arrested based on probable cause. Inside this vehicle Detectives located 53 pounds of methamphetamine and 1 ounce of fentanyl.

The second vehicle, driven by Titan Nolet, with passenger Natali Ontiveros was also stopped in the area.   Nolet was a wanted parolee out of Los Angeles County and Ontiveros was on active probation. Ontiveros was searched per her probation terms and Detectives located two loaded semi-automatic handguns inside her purse. Ontiveros had recently rented a local hotel room in the 3500 block of State Street. Detectives conducted a search of the room that yielded 11 ounces of heroin and other narcotics.

The street value of the narcotics sized was worth approximately $100,000. These arrests and discovery of illegal narcotics resulted in one of the largest drug seizures, if not the largest in the Santa Barbara Police Department’s history.

Viviana Martinez-Perez, a 38-year-old Bell Gardens resident, Charges: Possession for Sale of Fentanyl (felony), Transportation for Sales of Fentanyl (felony), Possession for Sale of Methamphetamine (felony), Transportation for Sales of Methamphetamine (felony), Conspiracy (felony), Possession of a Controlled Substance while Armed (felony).

Rachel Delgado-Garcia, a 25-year-old Los Angeles resident, Charges: Possession for Sale of Fentanyl (felony), Transportation for Sales of Fentanyl (felony), Possession for Sale of Methamphetamine (felony), Transportation for Sales of Methamphetamine (felony), Conspiracy (felony).
Titan Nolet, a 36-year-old Anaheim resident. Charges, Possession for Sale of Fentanyl/Heroin (felony), Transportation for Sales of Fentanyl/Heroin (felony), Possession for Sale of Methamphetamine (felony), Transportation for Sales of Methamphetamine (felony), Conspiracy (felony), Possession of a Controlled Substance while Armed (felony).

Natali Ontiveros, a 31-year-old Anaheim resident. Charges, Possession for Sale of Fentanyl/Heroin (felony), Transportation for Sales of Fentanyl/Heroin (felony), Possession for Sale of Methamphetamine (felony), Transportation for Sales of Methamphetamine (felony), Conspiracy (felony), Possession of a Controlled Substance while Armed (felony).
All arrestees were booked in the Santa Barbara County Jail, with bail set at $1,000,000.


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  1. Most accurate comment of the day RJ! You should come by more often, We’re in need of more fact based, solution oriented commentary that’s free from knee-jerk emotion based responses, MSM buzzword regurgitation, and straight up insults towards anyone who dares question or pushes back on the popular narrative.

  2. In all fairness RJ, Sacjon did offer a solution: to invent a new drug, as powerful as fentanyl but… ‘safe’…. that the masses could get high on (@ 5:39). Not well thought out, but technically an offered solution.

  3. BASIC – I take it you never saw brick weed with mysterious white powder or mold or bird feathers in it? How about coke laced with fentanyl of all things? LSD with crank in it? Yeah, “what a crock” indeed coming from someone with clearly no understanding of street drugs….

  4. Basicinfo805, thank you for the kind words. I would comment more, but my comments have been restricted by the powers that be for a comment made a while back that was insensitive and therefore, restrictions were placed on me.
    For the record, I hold no grudge or ill will on the decision made, we are a community and if the powers that be feel they had to restrict me, then so be it, it’s a part of the process, I accept it.
    So the things I say, let me begin with a major differentiation I have to offer on the “houseless neighbors” term. It is a term I use in a euphanistic sort of way. I took that term from the radicalized movements here in Isla Vista that wanted to keep the squalid criminal encampments in the parks in perpetuity.
    I will say that the term “houseless neighbors” does NOT in any way, shape or form represent the truly homeless. Those who do suffer from mental illness, that have undergone employment issues such as layoffs and such or their spouse ran off, whatever, those are truly homeless folks.
    The “houseless neighbors” designation is dedicated to a particular demographic and anyone with any common sense and logic can see what demographic that is. They know how to differentiate, something emotional knee jerk responders cannot and will not do.
    Take Isla Vista for example. We have our homeless folks. They are kind, polite, pleasant, they cause no problems, they clean up after themselves, they are welcome in our community, we help them however we can and in turn, they help out where they can.
    Then there’s the “houseless neighbors” I speak of. They steal, they pollute, they commit assault on the weaker homeless folks, they are basically a huge source of problems.
    As a community, we did rid our parks of this ilk, but sometimes one or two resurface, do their thing and end up getting arrested for their antics.
    I have to add, during the usurpation of the the Sueno orchard, the west end open spaces, Anisq’ Oyo Park then People’s Park, these “houseless neighbors” hat the radicalized extremist movements supported threatened, abused, harassed and attacked the local homeless folks.
    They even made some of them “pay rent” if they wanted to hang out in the parks, kind of a protection scam. The worst incident was when one of the homeless folks didn’t pay his “rent” to them. The “houseless neighbors” beat him severely, so bad in fact that he went back to his tent, in horrible pain, and OD’d.
    So again, when I say “houseless neighbors” I am speaking of the lowest common denominator imaginable and I would NEVER put the average homeless person in that category.
    But now to this actual breakthrough with our law enforcement and this bust. It is an absolutely fantastic turn of events! I am thrilled they got these thugs for a number of reasons.
    Like I mentioned in the previous post about the east part of Goleta Beach. I have witnessed the drugs delivered, paid for and used by the “houseless neighbors” camped out in that parking lot. Before that, the west end was the place to see that, but like I mentioned, that got cleared out.
    I am willing to wager that the drugs these thugs brought to town, they were going to the “houseless neighbor” hotspots. I mean seriously, why would they get a hotel on the 3500 block of State Street, just 0.3 miles away from the hotel that was housing a good portion of the “houseless neighbor” contingent? Not coincidence my friend!
    Then again, go back to that bust during the height of the “houseless neighbor” issues of another couple of out of town players that got busted on Calle Real by what used to be Dodge City Guns.
    This is in the heart of the area where a lot of the “houseless neighbors” like to frequent for a number of reasons, but it’s also where the drug thugs get a lot of their business. Not a coincidence.
    If these drug thugs didn’t want to target the “houseless neighbor” demographic they would’ve gotten a hotel in Goleta or lower State Street. They didn’t. They’re not after a high class clientele, they’re after those that want to make drug use a continuous reality.
    We saw some of them here in Isla Vista during the height of the encampment debacle. They would come to the encampments, visit a few tents, come out, get back in their cars then leave.
    Soon after you would see the “houseless neighbors” come out of their tents in a stupor or acting erratically and as the drugs wore off then the fights would start.
    So again, I say that my “houseless neighbor” designation has nothing to do with homeless folks. Another fact about a lot of homeless folks is they DON’T commit crimes. You can’t say that about the “houseless neighbors” in any way.
    My comments are based on factual and real observation, eyewitness and personal experience with this ilk. Let’s just say the evidence is stacked against them.
    Bottom line, the coppers made a great move taking these drug thugs off the streets, but they also put a ding on the drug supply that the “houseless neighbors” are reliant on. Congratulations SBPD and SBSO, you guys did a great deed!
    Now we sit back and watch the “houseless neighbors” get restless because their indulgences have been curtailed. This is going to be interesting to say the least. I’m watching, Goleta Beach, here I come!

  5. Absolutely the borders are wide open. Look a little deeper into this before stating they are not open. No Covid testing unless being vented the 1,000 getting by unknown are not being tested for anything. This is just one of many problems. What other country can you go to illegally get a ticket to where you want to go get free health care and a phone. None that I know if,

  6. To begin with, great job coppers! You did the research, you did the work, excellent payoff! I gurantee you a lot of tweakers and junkies are going to be a bit hungry for a little while to come and this ought to be interesting, especially when the encampment chemists begin making their own concoctions to meet the needs.
    So these thugs were operating out of a motel on the 3500 block of State Street. Hmmm… Let us take a look at what just happened to be down the street from this location.
    Oh, would you look at that! The Rose Garden Inn! Isn’t that the place homeless inc. slated as a safe haven for the “houseless neighbors” recently and is now defunct of that function? I believe it is! Coincidence these thugs were operating just 0.3 miles from the Rose Garden Inn? I don’t think so!
    Sure, the “houseless neighbors” that occupied the Rose Garden Inn may be gone from there, but they are still in the area just down the way by the Father Virgil Cordano Center, a known gathering spot for many of the “houseless neighbors” to make a pit stop at and let us not forget that sprawling mess on the bus stop on the corner of State Street and the 154 entrance.
    Isn’t there a methadone clinic across the street from there at the El Mercado Plaza? Would you look at that, there is! By the way, if you want some amusement check out the Yelp reviews for that clinic, they are hilarious!
    But back to this bust and the relation to the “houseless neighbor” situation. Remember that couple that got busted about a year ago in front of the former “Dodge City Guns” location with a bunch of meth and fentanyl? If memory serves me right, that dynamic duo was also from out of the area and here to make a delivery. Any connection? Again, take note of the concentration of “houseless neighbors” that were and are in that area. It’s a hotbed for these thugs to operate in!
    If you want to see where some of these drugs are going, pay a little visit to the east end of Goleta Beach and you will witness the next unfolding “houseless neighbor” disaster in the making.
    That end of the beach has been usurped by “houseless neighbors” that are consumers of the goods brought into town by these thugs.
    I’ve seen the deliveries, payments and consumption of these goods happen there on a continual basis, unfettered, untouched, uninterrupted and consistently.
    The hot spot used to be the west end of Goleta Beach, but my guess is that’s the area most used by families and such, so the authorities -knowing their hands are tied by the judicial process- did a little relocating of the “houseless neighbors” and their suppliers to the east end which is less used. Well, at least they have containment now!
    Let’s face it, none of us will ever stop the “houseless neighbors” and soon-to-be “houseless neighbors” caught up in the early stages of using this stuff from doing this stuff.
    Besides, as I’ve asked before, who the hell are we to tell these people they can’t do this stuff? They are going to do it, regardless of our critiques and admonishments. It’s what they do.
    The only thing we can demand from them is to stop committing crimes under the guise of mental illness and that so-called disease called addiction. But they won’t stop, they will keep going.
    This bust was SIGNIFICANT. The truth is the production of these goods, not the real problem for the thugs manufacturing it. The transportation, storage, sales, delivery, distribution, customer selection, those are the real logistics and that is where difference can be made.
    Make an encampment away from normal communities where the “houseless neighbors” that choose to live in a continual stupor from these products can live in such a manner and get their elixirs supplied legally with no repercussions from law enforcement. This will also put an end to the illegal sales of these products by thugs such as those caught. This is as libertarian as it can be, even to the point of socialistic!
    So these thugs caught in this bust, all from Los Angeles. I see those bumper stickers that read “KEEP L.A. 100 MILES AWAY!” and to that I say TOO LATE!
    L.A. is here, among us, in the form of the “houseless neighbors” -yes, the majority came from L.A. because they heard the pickings were good here- and so are the drugs that fuel their existence.
    When we had the encampments here in Isla Vista we had members from the movements that wanted to make those encampments a permanent nightmare for our community driving down to skid row in L.A. then picking up “houseless neighbors” then bringing them up and finally dropping them off at the encampments in People’s Park and telling them “This is your new home!” Epic fail.
    The fact remains the same, you will NEVER force these individuals doing these drugs to stop, they are NOT going to change for the better. They are permanently changed for the worst, they are terminal. All we can do is make a hospice type environment for them to live out their life goal, the perpetual high. Besides, again, who are we to judge?
    My only gripe is the criminal activity the “houseless neighbors” participate in and continually get a free pass on. No such privilege for the normal citizen, we go to jail.
    So great job coppers, you really landed a big fish with this bust and I am more than sure more is on the way, I would not be surprised.
    By the way, for those mentioning the “open borders under Biden” and such other maga fueled deep state conspiracies, please, stop.
    This stuff might have come from down south, but if it did, IT ALWAYS HAS. It is nothing new, it has happened under numerous presidential administrations, both Democrat and Republican.
    To quote a line from the recent movie “Scicario: Dia Del Soldado” by CIA operative Matt Graves: “and until somebody finds a way to convince twenty percent of the population they should stop snorting and smoking that s*it, order is the best we can hope for…” Let that line sink in for a moment.

  7. This article left me with some questions. Detectives obtained a SW (prior) to searching “near – 3700 State Street – [for] the involved suspects?” No statement an address was listed in the SW that was likely supported via a tried and true (confidential) snitch. Now for many, why wasn’t the address involved “near – 3700 State Street” identified? Be interesting to know the disposition of the search near 3700 State and if this search led to the two stops and hotel search.

  8. I have to add a correction. I said all the thugs caught were from Los Angeles. That was incorrect, as one of them was from Anaheim (Orange County). Bell Gardens is in L.A. County, might as well just say L.A.

  9. RYPERT – never pass up a chance to blame crime on the homeless, eh? What homeless drug dealers do you think operate with this amount of drugs, guns and cash? None. That’s who. Your obsession is getting concerning.

  10. Gimli, again, my sincerest congratulations on beating the homelessness you encountered and even higher kudos for not giving into the drug culture the “houseless neighbors” thrive on.
    You are absolutely correct and actually, those same words were said by the late Columbian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Different player, same theme, totally accurate and truthful.

  11. GIMLI – “Americans are hooked on drugs and that is where the problem lies.” The whole of humanity is. We have loved drugs and getting high since the first caveman went back for another mushroom. It’s in our history and our many cultures. Here, in North America though, yes, the Americans have the money for drugs and much are supplied by the countries to our south. BUT…. we will NEVER stop humanities love of drugs. That won’t happen. So, the answer is in the supply and the quality. Most drug deaths are unintentional and those are usually caused by the quantity or quality consumed. Let’s make drugs cleaner, regulated and provide alternatives, while at the same time cracking down on suppliers like this!

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